“What is economic power? It is the power to produce and to trade what one has produced. In a free economy, where no man or group of men can use physical coercion against anyone, economic power can be achieved only by voluntary means: by the voluntary choice and agreement of all those who participate in the process of production and trade…A man can grow rich only if he is able to offer better values—better products or services, at a lower price—than others are able to offer.”

in Ayn Rand, Economics, Writers

-Ayn Rand, “America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business” in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (New York: Signet, 1967), p. 47.

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